DJ Spills Secrets to a Great Party

DJ Luke spins some good points when it comes to musical considerations for your celebration.

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With more than 14 years’ experience, DJ Luke provides not only the tunes, but the lighting, timing, ambience and entertainment for your entire wedding celebration.

From the guests’ arrival to the very last dance, the Wellington-based DJ (who is available for wedding celebrations New Zealand-wide) specialises in personal, professional service, conducting the audio and music on your big day to ensure the event flows as well as the drinks.

“In my experience, people often overlook the importance of music on their wedding day,” says Luke.

“It can set the tone for the day, create a fun and cohesive experience for guests, and help express the couple’s personalities. I’ll be the one who works with you to make the magic happen.”

We asked Luke for some guidance when it comes to wedding entertainment planning:

Where should couples begin when planning for their wedding day sound and entertainment?

A lot of people tend to focus on the dance floor music at the end of the night, but that’s only a small part of the day. It’s important to consider the entertainment and sound for the whole day, from the moment your guests arrive to the ceremony, toasting the couple, speeches, and the party-end of the day.

What are some of the details that can be overlooked?

Small touches such as having good quality wireless microphones for speeches, the right lighting throughout the day, and having everything set up before guests arrive all contribute to a seamless, fun experience for couples and their guests.

What is the most important part of the first dance track?

Be authentic to who you are. Some couples love the chance to bust out a choreographed routine to wow their guests ­– and I have been involved in some awesome ones – but there’s also nothing wrong with keeping it simple. Choose a song that’s meaningful to you.

What kind of music genre works well as background music, while guests are mingling?

It depends on the theme of your wedding, but it’s important to have high quality equipment and the right level of sound. I find funk, soul or jazz music can create a great vibe for this part of a wedding. Being Wellington-based often means bringing a fresh hipster vibe, which is unique in the New Zealand Wedding scene. I often play from a pair of turntables over this time.

For the ceremony and speeches, what is a modern alternative to the traditional hand-held microphone?

A lapel microphone can be worn by the celebrant to capture the wedding vows – particularly for outdoor ceremonies. They are so discreet they won’t show in photos, but enable your guests to hear every word.

Visit djluke.nz , follow him on Facebook , or phone 0800 DEEJAY.

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